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Mr. Pilurzu

Federico Pilurzu

General Manager, Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas

Federico Pilurzu is the General Manager of Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. He is a former pro surfer who left Italy at the age of 11 and has since called Costa Rica home. Although he is recognized for his competitive surfing achievements, in recent years, his focus has shifted towards entrepreneurship and projects like Cala Luna, where he has spearheaded a culture of change for over seven years.

Mr. Pilurzu touts a Golden Circle method of hospitality, rounding out pillars that inspire guests to adopt green practices beyond check-out and into everyday life. By adapting technology, energy conservation, and keen partnerships, Mr. Pilurzu's sustainability mission has positioned Cala Luna as one of the region's greenest hotel options. From nature conservation and community integration to the development of local arts, organic and seasonal farming, and authentic, transformative experiences, Mr. Pilurzu aims to impact others through local connections, cultural insight, and a sustainable approach that spans far beyond Cala Luna and Tamarindo.

Under Federico's vision, Cala Luna offers complimentary yoga and sound bowl therapy classes that are also open to the hotel employees to enjoy—promoting a healthy lifestyle among guests and the hotel's personnel. Recently, Mr. Pilurzu was one of the organizers of "La Senda Music Festival," a music event that combines art and music while encouraging messages of wellness and environmental sustainability. The festival aims to push the sense of community and wellbeing, taking place at La Senda. With his continued passion for developing business in Costa Rica and giving back to the country, Mr. Pilurzu has become a living example of Costa Rica's motto, "Pura Vida."

Please visit http://www.calaluna.com for more information.

Mr. Pilurzu can be contacted at +506 26530214 or info@calaluna.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.